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1 Current National Service Funding Opportunities Danette Martin, State Program Specialist CNCS California State Office

2 General Information about the Corporation for National Service Overview of Current Funding Opportunities 1.AmeriCorps VISTA 2.AmeriCorps NCCC General Information about other types of Corporation Funding

3 Improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering Our Mission

4 About CNCS… The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a Federal Agency that provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to address vital community needs through service.

5 Participation… CNCS engages four million Americans in result-driven service each year including: 75,000 AmeriCorps members, 492,000 Senior Corps volunteers, and 2.2 million additional community volunteers mobilized and managed through the agencys programs.


7 Not a grant program – we provide people power!

8 For 45 years, AmeriCorps*VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, nearly 10,000 AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country. AmeriCorps*VISTA members help organizations fight illiteracy, support youth aging out of foster care, increase job training opportunities, bridge the digital divide and much more. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty

9 VISTA members serve 40 hours per week in capacity building roles. Projects often focus on the following types of activities: Resource Development (grant writing and fundraising) Volunteer Generation Outreach and Marketing Building Partnerships and Collaborations Program Development VISTA members may not provide direct services to clients or perform the regular work of agency staff.

10 Program Development Priority Areas The CA State Office is particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following Program Priority areas: –Economic Opportunity Programming that helps working families acquire equity and financial education and generates savings are critical to helping people: Move toward financial stability Recognize and avoid financial predators Reduce the high costs of poverty Increase access to sound financial products and services in low-income communities Capitalize on financial opportunity –Veterans and Military Families VISTA supports projects that increase economic opportunity for low-income veterans and military families under one or more of the Economic Opportunity, Education and Healthy Futures focus areas. We will give special priority to projects that support the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness ( efforts to end homelessness among veterans.

11 Housing VISTA supports programming that connects families and individuals to emergency housing and transitional services, provides affordable permanent housing and encourages advocacy with populations in need. Financial Literacy VISTA supports programs that provide low-income individuals and families access to financial opportunities and help them build wealth that will ultimately lead to an exit from poverty. This includes programming that focuses on connecting individuals to community supports and resources, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, individual development accounts (IDAs), and other asset building programs.

12 Employment VISTA supports programming that enables individuals to obtain or train for gainful employment. This type of programming includes projects that focus on adult learners moving towards higher education; on vocational training aimed at building and gaining skills, particularly, for veterans and spouses of deployed enlisted military personnel; and on basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) for immigrant and refugee populations.

13 How to Apply to Become a VISTA Project Sponsor Next Application deadline is June 29, 2012. Contact the CNCS CA State Office at to request AmeriCorps*VISTA concept paper application The CNCS CA State Office will provide technical assistance during the application process.

14 VISTA Project Sponsor Match Project sponsors are not required to provide a financial match, but must be able to direct the project, supervise the members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project Projects should provide: On-Site Orientation and Training Material Support-supplies Daily Supervision, Community Support On-Assignment Transportation reimbursement Projects may cost share - pay living allowance for member(s).

15 National Civilian Community Corps Not a grant program – we provide people power!

16 AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women ages 18–24. Alongside the community and Sponsor Organization, members complete service projects within an assigned region. Service projects last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs in education, public safety, the environment and other unmet needs. NCCC members construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, tutor students and address countless other local needs. National Civilian Community Corps

17 Project Sponsor Requirements Propose meaningful work that meets compelling community needs; Provide Housing (if 90 miles or more from Campus); Introduction and orientation to the organization and community; Project-specific training (e.g., power tools, tutoring skills); Site supervision; National Civilian Community Corps

18 Who may apply to host an NCCC team? Faith and Community-based organizations National nonprofits Schools Cities and towns National and state parks Indian tribes Sponsoring organizations should submit a project Concept Form and Application to the regional campus that covers that organizations state. The campus will provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps*NCCC team.

19 NCCC Application Process Complete a Project Concept Form If invited by NCCC, complete a Full Project APPLICATION Project Concept Form & Project applications are available online at or through the Regional Program Office. Project application should be submitted 2 to 4 months prior to the preferred start date of the project. Generally with 30 days of submission, the regional Program Office will notify the organization of its status and the next steps in the application process.

20 The project application may be sent via email, mail or fax to the regional Program Office. NCCC Pacific Region 3427 Laurel Street Sacramento, CA 95652 Tel: 916-640-0310 Fax: 916-640-0318 E-mail: States Served: AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, Pacific NCCC Application Process

21 Programming Period (Round) and Application Deadline: Round One: November 8 – December 14 Application Deadline: August 2 Round Two: January 8 – March 22 Application Deadline: September 5 Round Three: April 1 – May 24 Application Deadline: December 17 Round Four: June 1 – July 12 Application Deadline: February 4 NCCC Application Process

22 AmeriCorps*State

23 AmeriCorps*State works with Governor-appointed State Service Commissions to provide grants to non-government and government entities to sponsor service programs. The California State Service Commission was established in 1994 by Executive Order to administer AmeriCorps*State funding within California Californias State Commission is now called CaliforniaVolunteers and is led by Karen Baker, the nations first state cabinet-level Secretary of Service and Volunteering. Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California, serves as the honorary chair of CaliforniaVolunteers.

24 AmeriCorps*State grantees use their grants to engage AmeriCorps members in service to help meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, disaster preparedness and response and the environment AmeriCorps*State programs engage AmeriCorps members in direct service to address unmet community needs. Programs design service activities for a team of members serving full-time or part-time for one year. Programs are responsible for recruiting, placing, and training AmeriCorps members

25 Grant Budget AmeriCorps Grant Budget Member Support Costs - living allowance and benefits; Other Member Support Costs - training and education; Staff - salaries, benefits, training; Other Operating Costs - travel, supplies, other; Evaluation; Administration. Grants require a community match = Cash and In-Kind

26 Visit CaliforniaVolunteers at to learn more about the AmeriCorps application process. Current year AmeriCorps Request for Applications and the accompanying Application Forms and Instructions to get a sense of the application requirements and submission process. Access the CaliforniaVolunteers AmeriCorps Program Guide. It is a good resource for interested organizations. It provides information and clarification on both federal and state policies as well as requirements that guide CVs grant application and selection process. In addition, the Guide includes a couple of tools that organizations find helpful in better understanding the types of systems and processes successful AmeriCorps programs typically have in place prior to operation. Generally, they strive to release the RFA about 30 days after CNCS releases the Notice each year (the delay I referred to when we spoke). Please feel to email should you have specific questions or want to be added to their mailing list for funding AmeriCorps*State

27 How to Apply for an AmeriCorps Grant Look for AmeriCorps Funding 411 posting at or register for funding updates by emailing Will provide the following information: Request for Applications (RFA) Forms and Instructions Budget and Budget Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Training Curriculum Other resources AmeriCorps*State

28 RSVP is a network of close to 500,000 individuals age 55 or over who perform a wide range of volunteer services that meet community needs. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. Unlike FGP and SCP volunteers, RSVP volunteers do not receive a stipend and can volunteer anywhere from four to forty hours per week. With RSVP, volunteers choose how and where they want to serve and for what amount of time. RSVP volunteers tutor children, help organize neighborhood watch programs, help feed the elderly and homeless, and just help community organizations operate more efficiently.

29 CNCS will administer a Social Innovation Fund to expand proven initiatives and provide seed funding for experimental initiatives, leveraging Federal dollars to identify and grow ideas that are addressing our most challenging community problems. Social Innovation Fund

30 For more information General about all CNCS programs New Funding Opportunities AmeriCorps*NCCC CaliforniaVolunteers Resources AmeriCorps*VISTA or or call 310.235.7421 AmeriCorps National Direct Grants or call 202.606.7508 Senior Corps (if grant funds are available) or or

31 For more information on CNCS programs please visit or e-mail Thank you.

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